TEST A garden is an ecosystem, but it’s quite an unnatural one and it’s hard to get the balance right

A garden is an ecosystem, but it’s quite an unnatural one and it’s hard to get the balance right

TEST Companion planting is an attractive way to deter pests and works by confusing the insect

Companion planting is an attractive way to deter pests and works by confusing the insect

TEST Look regularly on the undersides of leaves for caterpillars and for eggs, which are often laid in clutches and pick them off by hand

Look regularly on the undersides of leaves for caterpillars and for eggs, which are often laid in clutches and pick them off by hand

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More than just a pretty face

Jen Stuart-Smith explores the multiple uses of some easy-to-grow garden favourites When you grow flowers for their beauty, shape and colour it can be easy to forget all the other qualities they have to offer. Some are edible, others provide...

Roses all the Way

Jo Arnell turns her attention to the English garden’s most beloved blooms Roses are the beauty queens of the summer garden; delicate, fragrant and romantic – and despite stemming from another continent, they seem a quintessentially English plant. Prima donnas,...

Cream of the crop

Jen Stuart-Smith highlights the celebrated South East nurseries who’ll be appearing at this month’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024, from 21-25 May There can be few garden shows that cause as much excitement as the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Founded...